Flimsy Food Stall At The Riverside

Mobile food stall by the small river in the residential area
Shot in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

A mobile food stall was doing business by the river in the residential area of Jakarta

There was a stall next to the river that runs through a residential area in Jakarta. Viewed from the side, it was a flimsy mobile stall. Looking into it, I found something like a fritter. It looked like a Bakwan stall. This place was not a particularly busy place. It was just a street corner of the residential area. Nevertheless, the place where the food stall was set up, there might be a demand for a light meal like Bakwan in this residential area. It might be that people who were lounging at home in the neighborhood came to buy them when they felt hungry.

Convenience stores can be found everywhere in the central Jakarta. Some of them are chains of convenience stores that originated in Indonesia, while others are familiar in Japan, and of course, they also sell snacks. It is interesting to see Japanese convenience stores selling Oden and Onigiri (rice balls). Convenience stores have become a part of Jakarta's daily life, but surprisingly, it was not common to see them in densely populated areas. Instead, I saw various sorts of food stalls in operation. In the alleyway in a residential area, there are still some places where these kinds of food stalls are active.


What is Oden?

Oden is a type of nabemono (Japanese one-pot dishes), consisting of several ingredients such as boiled eggs, daikon, konjac, and processed fishcakes stewed in a light, soy-flavored dashi broth. Oden was originally what is now commonly called misodengaku or simply dengaku; konjac (konnyaku) or tofu was boiled and eaten with miso. Later, instead of using miso, ingredients were cooked in dashi, and oden became popular. Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. Karashi is often used as a condiment.

Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

August 19, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography